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Exterior of the Old School House, Carlecotes

A cosy self-catering cottage on the northern edge of the Peak District National Park...

Views from around the cottage

A beautiful countryside location with superb moorland views...

Montage of scenes from The Old School House, Carlecotes

The ideal countryside retreat in which to unwind and relax.

The Old School House is once again available for booking.

The minimum stay reverts to 7 nights. Before guests’ arrival and after departure, there will be a short  ‘buffer’, to allow space between bookings.

In the event of changes to the roadmap from lockdown, bookings can either be rearranged or a full refund given.   

Welcome to The Old School House, Carlecotes

The Old School House in the South Yorkshire hamlet of Carlecotes, near Penistone (www.visitpenistone.co.uk) is perfect for that relaxing break you’ve been promising yourself. 

This historic, self-catering cottage is on the northern edge of the Peak District and is described by visitors as warm, cosy, peaceful, well-equipped and comfortable.

If you are interested in booking you can check your preferred dates in the ‘booking and tariff‘ section. Please note that arranging a booking directly through this site will be cheaper than using the online systems such as bookings.com, since you will pay just the rate shown here. There are no commission charges when you deal direct with me!



Montage of landscapes in and around Carlecotes

Carlecotes is a peaceful hamlet to the north of the Park District National Park and this remote cottage enjoys an elevated position (at 1150′) with ever-changing open moorland views.

On many days you can watch the weather as it approaches: drifting clouds and mists, starry nights… We are superbly located with easy access to the Trans Pennine Trail for walking and cycling. The nearest towns are Holmfirth and Penistone, a 10-minute drive away – the latter is also on the Trans Pennine Trail. 

We’re ideally situated for those who want to enjoy the Pennine and Peak District countryside, yet close enough to major cities and towns to use as a base if you would like to explore the wider region. Barnsley, Stocksbridge, Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and York are all easily reached by car.

You can see a Google map of where we are and plan your trip on the Contact page.

The Cottage

The Living Room

The Living Room

The comfortable sitting room has three double sofas and TV with DVD player. The wood burner (a real fire!) is relaxing to come home to after a day following one of the many countryside walking routes in the area. 

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The fully-equipped dining kitchen has a double oven cooker, microwave oven, full-size fridge, undercounter freezer, washing machine and full-size dishwasher. The table will comfortably seat up to 4 people.

The Garden

The Garden

There is a small garden to the rear of the house. 

Double Bedroom

Double Bedroom

The two bedrooms are upstairs. The double room has a built in wardrobe, chest of drawers and full length mirror. There is a great view across the valley through the Velux window.

Single Bedroom

Single bedroom

The second bedroom is a smaller, single room with a built in wardrobe and chest of drawers.


The bathroom

The modern, fitted bathroom includes bath with shower, toilet and hand basin.


On your arrival you will find free-range eggs from next door, local farm milk, and tea and coffee. Once you’ve been given the cottage keys the space is yours – we may not meet again until you leave, but we will always be available if you need suggestions for places to visit or to eat out during your stay. Our local tourism website www.visitpenistone.co.uk holds a wealth of information.

Dog Friendly

Well-behaved dogs are always welcome by prior arrangement with us, subject to owners’ agreement to the house rules for dogs:

Dogs should remain on the ground floor, and on the floor, and never be left unsupervised in the cottage when owners are out.

Please read the T&Cs for more info.

Off-road Parking

There is off-road parking for 2 standard size cars.

Secure storage

By arrangement, up to two 2 pedal cycles or 1 motorcycle can be stored overnight in the garage.

No Transport?

If you don’t have your own transport, contact us and we may be able to arrange to collect you from Penistone or Glossop train stations, or Holmfirth bus station. We can even call at a local supermarket to stock up for your stay. Alternatively, most major supermarkets now deliver to this postcode.


Fibre broadband, after a very long wait, is now available in the cottage.

Towels & Bedding

Towels, bedding and cosy towelling bath robes are provided for you.

Books & Games

A selection of games and books is available, including a range of guide and walk books to help you plan your stay.

Real Fire!

Perfect for cosying up at night, there is a wood burner in the sitting room. An initial supply of kindling, smokeless fuel and logs is provided. Further supplies of each are available at cost price if needed. 


Discounts for bookings longer than 7 nights

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

If your booking is made within the 6 weeks please make a full payment on booking.

Arrival & departure

The cottage will be ready for you by 4pm of your first day.
Please vacate the premises by 10am on your last day.


It is always worth contacting us to discuss your requirements.


Terms & Conditions

Click here to see Terms and Conditions.

How to Book

To check availability, one option is to click the calendar button above – this will take you to our Freetobook page.  IF you enter your dates it sends an enquiry – it does not make a firm booking. Other options are the links to Airbnb and TripAdvisor pages. You can access complete calendars from these sites. If the dates you require are available please contact us directly by email or by phone.

If we discuss dates, these will normally be held for 24 hours, A deposit of £50 secures all bookings.

The final balance is due no later than 6 weeks prior to your arrival date.

Payment Options

Payment preferences are, in order :

  • By online bank transfer – ‘Faster Payments’
  • By cheque, payable to ‘Peter Lorimer’

Your payment will be acknowledged by email.  For late bookings, cash on arrival can be agreed. Unfortunately we cannot take card payments. 

Online Booking

If you prefer to book online you can do so with the following companies if you already have an account with them:

Airbnb (opens in new tab)

Trip Advisor (opens in a new tab)

Please note that their rates vary due to the commission they charge.


A bit of History: Carlecotes and the Old School House

A 2008 magazine article on Carlecotes talks of the quest for information about the village being ‘a tricky one’.

“I can’t tell you anything about the village” says one local. “You’ll need to speak to someone who has lived here a long time. I’ve only been here 30 years”.

If you compare the buildings shown on today’s maps with those of 50 years ago you will see almost no change.

This area, to the west of Penistone, is dominated by dramatic upland landscapes and has the highest altitude within the borough of Barnsley. The land rises to the high moors of the Dark Peak, reaching over 1600 ft.  Carlecotes, like nearby Dunford Bridge, is very sparsely populated with around 100 inhabitants.

Old photo of the Old School House, Carlecotes

The house book contains a fascinating history of the school, compiled by a previous owner. The cottage has been both a chapel and a school in the past, with the building history informing us of ‘a cost of tuppence a week at the village school in the days before it closed’.

Besides houses, Carlecotes Hall and St Anne’s Church are the only buildings in the village – there is neither a shop, a pub nor a post office.